World War 1 Facts About the Battle of the Somme

During the battle of the Somme the Lochnagar Crater was created by the 179th tunneling company royal engineers. They put 1000 dynamite in the tunnel and blew the tunnel up which formed the crater that we can see today! It exploded at 0728. When it exploded it was the loudest bang at the time in history and was known to be heard from London! 0 people died from the explosion but some people died tunneling to it! The digging of the tunnel for the Lochnagar mine started on 11 November 1915 by 185 Tunnelling Company, but was completed by 179 Tunnelling Company who took over in March 1916…. This link gives you extra information.

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The body of George Nugent, a World War 1 soldier, was discovered on 31st October 1998 by Mr Drage. He was walking around the crater and saw the remains of a body within the chalk on the floor. The remains consisted of a human skeleton, the skulll of which was broken. Various items of army kit were found with the remains including a rifle, bullets and water bottle, as well as personal items, including a pipe mouthpiece, a silver pen holder and a folding cut throat razor. It was the razor that held the key to identifying the remains.

 

The Somme:

The battle of the Somme was the first time a tank was used. This tank only moved at 3km per hour and it couldn’t move very well.

The battle was fought around the River Somme, hence the name. The battle lasted from July 1st 1916 and ended in November 18th 1916 on the banks of the Somme. Bodies are still being found from the war, even after 96 years! Some military dead have found undiscovered.

It was one of the bloodiest battles of the war and of all time. An estimated 1,000,000 troops were killed or injured. Including about 485,000 British and French troops. Therefore, it was one of the most well known battles of the World War 1.  For five days before the battle the British army had shot relentlessly at the German trenches to remove the barbed wire and to cave the trenches in.

To be continued…

Year 6 Inter-House Tag-Rugby – a Fabulous Afternoon.

Our first afternoon of inter-house sport… What a fantastic afternoon we had!

All of the Year 6 staff were looking for the following skills this afternoon:

  • Cohesion (team work).
  • Leadership.
  • Fair play (sportsmanship).
  • Aptitude.
  • Passing.
  • Running with the ball.
  • Tactical awareness.
  • Spacial awareness.

If you noticed some of these skills from above with a specific player, please comment what and who 🙂

Or even better, if you noticed any other skill… Comment with what and who!

The Afternoon:

From the word go the staff were astounded by how well everyone managed to organise warm-ups in their teams. One team (the Dragons) even set some drills up and practised. Every team talked tactics, discussed who would play at the start and how systems would run.This all came from no input from the adults! We just watched in amazement.

We played a round-robin to begin with, each team played one another and then we calculated the results, below:

Team W D L F A P
Dragons 3 0 0 12 8 9
Knights 0 1 2 5 9 1
Unicorns 1 1 1 9 10 4
Wizards 1 0 2 10 9 3

Very close on the amount of tries conceded…

Next we had our third-place play-off.

The score was:

Wizards 3 : 2 Knights

Scorers:

Wizards: Thomas C (3)

Knights: William P (2)

The grand final: 

This match went to the wire… It was 4:4 after 10 minutes so extended it to the final try wins. The ball went back and forth, tiredness crept in and errors began to occur. One try scored by the Dragons… But the player went out of play just before scoring, so close! The game ended with a fantastic try from Archie Chorlton.

Scorers:

Dragons: George K (2) Kasey W (1) and Kansi C (1)

Unicorns: Mikey (2), Tianna (1), George B (1) and Archie (1).

 

Everybody was sensational. Considering many people hadn’t played tag-rugby before, you all picked the rules up quickly and got well stuck in. We had a range of try scorers across the afternoon which is lovely to see. At least fifteen different people scored tries, over a quarter of the children playing! Everybody was tagging and worked brilliantly as a team.

The fair play by everyone was great too. All children participated and managed to regulate substitutes to ensure that everybody got a fair amount of game time.

On Monday we are going to give out more awards for fair play, assists, tagger and for the effort put into the games. As for now, we know that:

Top try-scorer (girl): Joint winners… Kasey Wright and Tianna Makin 

Top try-scorer (boy): Thomas Curry

Well done to literally all  of you… You all participated and tried extremely hard at all times. Have a fabulous weekend, you deserve it!!

Some great action pictures below, thank you to the photographer… Mrs Chisholm. (78 photos in total… Shame all of them couldn’t fit on here!)

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Mandela Key Skills 17/10/14

Key Skills this week…

Numeracy:

This was a few questions (on a sheet) looking at estimating numbers on a scale. This follows on from our work with scales of measurements. Everybody should have received a sheet… If not, you can receive it again on Monday.

Literacy:

With a neat formation, you need to look at synonyms for the following five words:

Walk, jump, screamed, happy and sad. 

A good way to lay them out is with a brick sort of wall outlined on your paper. Once you have come up with six words with each, you need to colour or number them showing which you think are the strongest choice and the weakest choice of your chosen vocabulary.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mr Prosser.

 

World War 1 Dancing

This term we have the luxury of Mrs Evans teaching the year 6s some dance.

All of the children are enjoying it. Every week they are enthusiastic to do it and it’s a shame when it ends!

Towards the end of the WW1 unit (early November), we aim to showcase the dance to families. It’s difficult to explain what they are doing and how much they are enjoying it, so they will comment on it to share to everyone at home and wider how it is going 🙂

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Key Skills 10/10/14

Numeracy:

In maths we have recently been looking at 2D shapes.

To consolidate all the learning we have done, can you create five of your own tangrams (examples are on this page, the cat and the rabbit). These tangrams must be created with a variety of 2D shapes. Once you have created it, describe what shapes you have put in. Explain if your tangram has any:

  • Lines of symmetry
  • Parallel lines

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Literacy:

We have recently read the Giant’s Necklace. At the end of the story it is fully relieved that Cherry is in fact no longer alive. For your key skills this week, write the ending of the story differently. Your part of the story must begin from her leaving the mine, how you then end it is entirely up to you… Try to be creative! The obvious option could be that she returns to the house and is actually alive and it’s all happy. However, you could choose to do a random route.

Prior to the Giant’s Necklace we looked at improving our planning skills. Putting these skills to use would be great too!

Remember, complete it in your key skills book to a high standard.

I look forward to hearing your ideas! I expect them all to be very interesting.

 

Julia’s Kinetic Letters

In school we have been talking a lot about increasing the fluency of our writing. Although it looks brilliant, some of us are taking quite a while to get there…

Julia took it upon herself to practise at home, and although she didn’t feel 100% with which letter went in which “letter family”, she really gave it a go!

Well done Julia.

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The Giant’s Necklace

Recently we have been reading The Giant’s Necklace. Everyone has been extremely enthusiastic with the text and all work has been great!

The story leaves all readers with many questions unanswered. Michael Morpurgo does a fantastic job in keeping the readers guessing!

We are thinking of contacting Michael Morpurgo about the text, what questions should we ask him? How would you review the story? Some questions to pose to him are very obvious; I’m sure we all want to know the answer to one question. Therefore, try to think outside of the box!

 

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Collaboration in PE

This PE lesson we looked at collaborative work and the associated skills .

Including:

  • Guidance
  • Listening
  • Sharing ideas
  • Fair play
  • Trust
  • Sportsmanship
  • Instructions
  • Sensible

In order to look at all of these skills and see how they work we did….

  1. Obstacle course – we made the field messy. We made one person in our group blind (with a blindfold). We had to guide them across the “minefield” without touching anything.
  2. In threes we had to get a rugby ball from one end of the pitch to the other, we had to use two skipping ropes. We weren’t allowed to touch the rugby ball with our hands, feet or any part of our bodies!
  3. We played a hoop game. In a team of five or six we had to get to the other end of the field without touching the ground outside of a hoop (we had two). We couldn’t move the hoop whilst we were inside it. It was difficult to begin with. Once we got used to it and came up with a good strategy it was easier! It required a lot of teamwork!

Blog above written by the class!

Some pictures from the afternoon:

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The Start of World War 1

Today we learnt about the Great War began. After watching videos, researching and discussing we mostly had a clear idea about how and why it started. One pupil from each group wrote on the board how it started…

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Pupil unknown explained this was the catalyst for the war beginning:

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Can anyone give a more secure explanation of why the war started?